The opening ceremony of the Filipino American History Month Celebration will celebrate Filipino Americans through music, dance and a variety of sacred rituals indigenous to Filipino culture. Spiritual leaders in the Babaylan tradition will join Igorot-inspired dancers and musicians playing the gangsa (a metal and bamboo instrument), guiding the audience from the steps outside Samsung Hall into the heart of the building with the sounds and movements of the Philippines. Dances choreographed by Jay Loyola of the renowned Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company and founding artistic director of the American Center of Philippine Arts. Music by Ron Quesada and Titania Buchholdt. Ron is a multi-instrumentalist whose project “Kulintronica” features an ancient form of music called kulintang with contemporary electronic dance music. Titania‘s projects include "Diwa" and "Palabuniyan Kulintang Ensemble." Highlights include a procession and sacred practices led by women from the Center for Babaylan Studies, and Lisa Suguitan Melnick, a prize-winning writer and professor. Come prepared to dance and bear fruit! All are encouraged to wear clothing that represents Filipino American culture.